"In order for people to be healthy,everything around them must also be healthy."This slogan embodies Yakult's belief that everything on the Earth,from the natural environment to society itself,must also be healthy to ensure our human well-being.
Yet the global environment is now being put at riskdue to climate change, pollution and other factors caused by human activity.
Uniting both “People and Planet as One.” Since its founding, Yakult has been devoted to preventive medicine, which aims to help people avoid sickness.We take this the same for approach with the environment.We strive to conduct our corporate activities without impacting the environment,and pursue a society where people and the planet can co-exist as one, both now and into the future.
People and Planet as One . Yakult Group Environmental Vision
In creating the Yakult Group Environmental Vision, which was established in March 2021, we reviewed the impact of Yakult's business activities on society and the environment, clarified the material themes related to the sustainability of the global environment and the sustainable development of the Yakult Group, and formulated our ideal vision and targets.
In Environmental Vision, we aim to realize a value chain that has zero environmental impact by 2050, and established quantitative targets for 2030 for climate change, plastic containers and packaging, and water, which are our material themes related to environmental issues. We will take concrete actions to achieve our vision and targets.
For these environmental issues, we will listen to feedback from our customers and other stakeholders and undertake measures throughout the entire value chain.
We will continue to work toward achieving our goal of uniting both “People and Planet as One” where people and the planet can co-exist as one, both now and into the future.
In light of these issues, we thought it necessary to approach environmental and social issues throughout the value chain by listening to and co-creating with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, in order to improve the sustainability of not only our own Group, but also of the planet and society.
We therefore identified six material themes to prioritize within our value chain. Of those, three are related to environmental issues: climate change, plastic containers and packaging, and water. These three material themes guided the establishment of Environmental Vision 2050, as well as our medium- and short-term targets.
Using these themes, we will establish strategies and plans that work towards improving the sustainability of not only our own Group, but also of the planet and society, to make our corporate philosophy and goal of uniting both “People and Planet as One” a reality.
our Environmental Vision 2050
●Climate changeFrom natural disasters to loss of biodiversity, the impacts of climate change have brought about a number of risks on a global scale, and worldwide action is urgently needed. We see climate change as an important issue for Yakult’s business continuity as well. As society is being urged to decarbonize, we as a Group will also reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by promoting energy conservation and proactively shifting to renewable energy.
●Plastic containers and packagingSociety currently struggles with issues such as challenges in resource recycling and environmental contamination caused by plastic waste. The Yakult Group aims to establish fundamental technology for environmentally responsible containers and packaging in order to reduce their environmental impact while promoting the transition to easily-recyclable materials. We will also go even further in our efforts to reduce the amount of plastic used in containers and packaging, and reuse the plastic packing materials utilized during production.
●WaterWater is a limited resource on the Earth, and issues such as imbalanced availability and water-related disasters are occurring on a global scale. This makes it an essential theme for our business activities, which use water as a raw material. Together with reducing our water consumption (per production unit), we will establish water management plans to respond to risks at production bases, and promote the conservation and sustainable use of water resources.
Environmental Vision 2030
Impact of the Yakult Group
a marketing population of 2.4 billion people — about one third of the world’s total population.
To operate on this global scale, we promote our corporate activities on the basis of local production for local sale.
Yet to put it another way, our business has an impact on local communities and
environments around the world that is not only positive, but also negative.
In 2020, the Government of Japan also declared it would aim to become a decarbonized economy by 2050.
As a corporate group active worldwide, Yakult has also taken responsibility by establishing an Environmental Vision that will guide our activities and help us contribute to the creation of a sustainable global society.
In response to the TCFD recommendations*1, we deliberated at length in internal study groups and meetings with management, and used the RCP scenario*2 method to analyze the climate change risks and opportunities facing the Group.
We will continue by further investigating measures to handle risks and opportunities, as well as by devising and implementing specific management strategies to extend our efforts.
While demand for water is expected to rise on a global scale due to population growth and other factors, in many places safe and clean water infrastructure does not yet exist, and more than 2.2 billion people around the world have no access to a secure supply of drinking water. Water-related issues such as these are thus a serious problem throughout the world.
As a company that operates globally, we at the Yakult Group are conducting water risk surveys at production bases in order to understand more about sustainable methods of water use, and the impact of our business activities on local communities and ecosystems.
At each base, we will investigate appropriate responses to water risks and formulate a water management plan that addresses such issues in each region, while promoting water resource conservation and sustainable water use.